For Immediate Release
Monday 23rd September 2013
Zachs & Krieg – “Keeping You Alive”:
A song for Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013.
On 1st November 2013, the band Zachs & Krieg will release “Keeping You Alive” a song and music video to mark International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR).
Since 1998, every 20th of November, TDoR marks and memorialises those trans* people who have been killed as a result of hatred and transphobia. The day also seeks to draw attention to the continued violence faced by trans* people every day, all over the world. TDoR continues to grow and spread and is now observed in more than 185 cities throughout the world.
This year, Zachs & Krieg, a musical duo made up of two transgender activists and artists, will release a single written and recorded specifically for TDoR. Their goal is simple: to shine a light on this special day and share the strength and resilience of trans people with the world. “Keeping You Alive” is a song that communicates trans* experience. It is a song of pain and loneliness of longing and despair, yet it ends with with a message of hope and survival. “Keeping You Alive” is a call to solidarity as much as it is an expression of mourning.
Here's some things you can do to help;
1. Please tell people about 'Keeping You Alive'. Use whatever means you have available to spread the news about this project, write an article, invite us for an interview, include it in your newsletter, even just tell your friends. Help spread the word about 'Keeping You Alive' and TDoR all over the world!
2. Become a partner. If you work for an organisation that works within a relevant ﬁeld, contact us and become a partner of the 'Keeping You Alive' project.
3. Host an Event. Organise an event for your community to gather on November20th. Pandamonium will be giving a free live web feed on the day for TDoR events around the world.
The single will be available to download from iTunes on November 1st 2013.
Band: Zachs & Krieg
Single: Keeping You Alive
Release Date: 1st November 2013
Transgender Day of Remembrance: 20th November
Distributor: Ditto Music
Zachs & Krieg
is a band comprised of two transgender artists: Maxwell Zachs and Josephine Krieg. On this page you will find out more about them and their work.
Well known for a television role on Channel 4's hit series 'My Transsexual Summer' Max has become one of the UK's most recognisable transgender people, and although currently living in Sweden, Max continues to work as a representative for several UK bases trans* charities including Gendered Intelligence and Rainbow Jews.
Max has been playing and teaching ukulele for more than five years, singing and performing around the world. Max caught the ukelele obsession when living in New Zealand and has simply been unable to put down the ukulele ever since. "Keeping You Alive" is a song Max wrote specifically as a response to the high levels of violence that the trans* community experiences and the terrifying number of trans* people who are driven to taking their own lives.
Max will be donating a portion of the profits to Gendered Intelligence, a charity that supports transgender youth.
For over a decade Josephine Krieg has been performing and producing stage shows internationally, has regularly lectured on trans and gender/sexualities, and been published both as a creative writer and an academic scholar. She has worked with activist organisations in all these capacities including Swedish based LGBTQ rights organisation RFSL, European based trans rights group TGEU, and the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA World). She also runs several grassroots initiatives to promote and mentor up and coming LGBTQ artists in Stockholm Sweden.
All her life Josephine was convinced she could never produce anything melodic, so she learned to play drums when she was a teenager. After transitioning, she was even more shy about music, especially when it came to singing. With support and encouragement from her friends and fellow artists, she finally started singing on stage in 2004. Recently she realised her dream of learning to play the ukulele, under the tutelage of Max Zachs.
Josephine Krieg will be donating a portion of the profits from "Keeping You Alive" to Transgender Europe and their Trans Murder Monitoring Project.